The phone rang and I answered it. “Hello.”
“Larry, my pastor has just had a massive heart attack. Will you pray along with me for him to be healed?” the caller asked.
I usually would have agreed with the caller and prayed for healing, but the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: “I’m taking the pastor home. Don’t pray for him to be healed. Pray for him and his family to have peace.”
Doesn’t the Lord always heal according to our faith and prayers? The simple answer: Maybe.
You see, I believe the Bible is filled with absolutes and guidelines.
The absolutes include such revelations as one body, one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all. These absolutes are perfect truths that never ever have one exception to them. Period.
Now, as far as the guideline principles in the Bible go, we have to pray and believe them by faith, but even at that, the Lord still has to agree with our petitions. He is the final Judge.
So, in the pastor’s case above, the Lord had a reason for taking the man home. The Lord never told me His reasons nor did I ask Him. I trust that God is a good God and knows what He is doing.
Today, I prayed:
Lord, I pray for American believers to contend earnestly for the true faith that has been entrusted to us and that we do not settle for a compromised, perverted faith which resembles a cloud without water. (Based on Jude 1:3, 4, and 12)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.